A 69-year-old former U.S. Marine who was convicted of murdering his lover in 2009 was executed Tuesday in the Midwestern state of Missouri.

David Hosier, who served in the Navy and was a former firefighter, died by lethal injection at a prison in Bonne Terre, the Missouri Department of Corrections said in a statement.

Hosier was pronounced dead at 18H11 local time (23H11 GMT), the same source said.

Hosier had long maintained that he was innocent of the murders of Angela Gilpin and her husband, Rodney Gilpin, but Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, rejected his plea for clemency on Monday.

“Angela Gilpin was robbed of her life by David Hosier because he could not accept her ending their romantic relationship,” Parson said in a statement.

This is the second prisoner sentenced to death in Missouri this year, and the seventh in the United States.

In 2023, there were 24 executions in the U.S., all of them carried out by lethal injection.

Capital punishment has been abolished in 23 of the country’s 50 states. The governors of six – Arizona, California, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee – have suspended its application.

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